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Naval Visits – RFS MB-304 – 23-28.10.2012

On Thursday 25th October, 2012 the Russian Navy Sorum Class (Project 745) Ocean Going Tug MB-304 entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time berthing at Boiler Wharf. She was built at the Yaroslav Zavod Shipyard as yard no 409 in 1973 and commissioned 29th July 1977 and was assigned to the Black Sea Fleet. …

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Naval Visits – ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11 – 16 to 17.03.2021

The only Spanish Navy (Armada Espanola) Aircraft Carrier that visited Malta so far is ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11. She entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Friday 16th March, 2007 around 0835 hrs piloted with the late harbour pilot Austin Vella. She was assisted by Tug Malta twin screw tugs FELICA and MARI. She berthed …

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Naval News – Maiden Deployment for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH R 08 – 2021

In the afternoon of Saturday 30th May, 2021 the Aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH R 08 left her home in Portsmouth ahead of her first operational deployment. She will lead the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, which is taking part in an exercise off Scotland before departing for a tour of the Indo-Pacific region. Image by …

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Naval News – HMS BRISTOL D 23 paid off after 47 years of service – 28.10.2020

The only vessel of her class in the Royal Navy , a Type 82 destroyer – HMS BRISTOL D 23 paid off last Wednesday 28th October after 47 years of naval service. She was laid down by Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd on 15 th November 1967. She was launched on 30th June 1969, and accepted …

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Naval Visits – TCG GEMLIK F 492 – 21-24.07.2020

The first naval vessel to host a diplomatic visit after the chaos of the Pandemic Disease COVID-19 was the Turkish Navy Gabya Class Frigate TCG GEMLIK F 492 which entered Grand Harbour on Tuesday 21st July, 2020. Originally a US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate USS FLATLEY FFG 21, she was the …

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Naval News – Friendly Fire Incident Kills 19 In Iranian Navy Drill – 10.05.2020

On Monday 11th May the Iranian Navy said in a statement that one of its own missiles has struck the Hendijan Class support ship KONARAK on Sunday 10 th May in a friendly fire incident during a training exercise in the Sea of Oman near the Iranian port city of Jask, off the southern coast …

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Naval News – Body Found After NATO Helicopter Crash In Mediterranean – 01.05.2020

The body of the Canadian Armed Forces Marines Systems Engineering Officer, Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough, has been found after a military Cyclone Sikorsky CH-148 helicopter crashed in the Ionian Sea. Five other crew members are still missing.  Jody Thomas, Canada’s Deputy Minister of National Defence, said: “This tragedy hits home especially hard, as I know it does …

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Canale Exercise 2006 – MM ARTIGLIERE F 582

The Canale Exercise was an annual live exercise organised bilaterally between Malta and Italy. It aimed to promote cooperation, security and peace in the Mediterranean by conducting naval and air operations involving units from the Maltese and Italian Armed Forces and other invited nations from the Mediterranean. One of the interesting naval assets was the …

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Naval News – BALTOPS 2019 – Spanish Contribution

BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) is an annual joint, multinational maritime focused exercise scheduled for June 09-21, 2019. It is designed to improve training for participants, enhance flexibility and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary …

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Drug Bust – French warship seizes over $ 5 Million in Drugs at the Middle East – June 2019

The French Navy frigate FS FLOREAL F 730 apprehended a vessel carrying over 520 kilograms of narcotics while on patrol in the Arabian Sea late last month, Combined Maritime Forces said in a statement. Operating under the command of the Pakistan-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, FLOREAL’s  crew conducted a routine inspection of a small …

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